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***This article has been updated*** IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns the Thai military government after it invoked new powers under the Public Assembly Act 2015 to end a peaceful protest by union members in Bangkok yesterday (6 January).
IndustriALL Global Union held its first ever automotive workshops in China last month. The auto sector meetings took place in Shanghai and Beijing from 24 to 26 November.
Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be the first foreign owned auto plant in the Southern USA to have a trade union. Local 42 of IndustriALL Global Union affiliated UAW won a workplace election for 164 skilled trades employees at the large plant on 3-4 December.
Some 65 trade union members from 19 countries representing workers at all the world’s auto companies met in Toronto, Canada for the annual meeting of the Automotive Working Group from 13 to 15 October.
The independent Honda workers union of Mexico (STUHM) was dealt a bitter blow on Thursday after being narrowly defeated in an election marred by serious irregularities.
On 15 October, Honda Mexico workers will vote for the first time to elect a trade union. Since July, the STUHM has been asking the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Board (JFCA) to provide a reliable register of voters so that a clean election can take place to decide which union should have collective bargaining rights at the company.
A new wage agreement covering only permanent employees has been reached at Maruti Suzuki plants in India. Having been left out of the agreement, temporary workers raised their voices at the gates at the Manesar plant only to see a violent end to their peaceful demonstration.
Thanks to the strikes organized by Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz workers in Brazil and to national and international solidarity, the two companies have agreed to reinstate dismissed workers. When workers unite and fight for their rights, they can achieve their goals.
On 17 August, Volkswagen announced that 100 workers are to lose their jobs at its plant in Taubaté, Brazil. Workers have responded by declaring an indefinite strike. IndustriALL Global Union offers its support and solidarity to the workers and calls on the company to negotiate in order to avoid an unwanted dispute.
After countless delays and obstacles, a long-awaited union certification election at Honda Mexico looks set to go ahead.
Legal action concerning the four-year old dispute over collective bargaining rights at Honda’s plant in Mexico has still not been resolved and the company continues with its anti-trade union policy, which includes victimizing union members.
Harnessing global solidarity and ensuring better coordination to change the rules of the game in Mexico’s booming auto industry, was the main goal of a workshop organized in early July by IndustriALL Global Union with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).
The strike at the Mercedes Benz plant in Brazil in protest at 500 dismissals continues and support is growing for the striking workers. Leaders of the chemicals and other sectors showed their solidarity by attending the workers’ camp on 25 June.
Widespread strong labour unrest in large auto and supplier factories in several cities of Turkey, particularly in Bursa, known as the capital of the auto industry, brings significant gains and commitments from employers for workers.
The Special Board 15 of the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Board (JFCA) has ruled that Arneses y Accesorios de México must reinstate and provide back pay to four workers unfairly dismissed in December 2012. They were dismissed for denouncing the CTM collective bargaining agreement made behind the backs of the workers.
At the MENA Conference in Beirut, IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the auto and supplier sectors came together in a meeting on the 21 April to reinforce cooperation among each other.
IndustriALL Global Union signs an amendment to strengthen the participation of workers’ representatives from outside Europe in the Renault Group Works Council and to establish a single status for all.
A workshop on Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) as a tool to be used in Russia was held on 23-24 April 2015 in Moscow region for unions of the Russian automotive industry.
On the occasion of the eleventh ordinary National Congress and celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of the largest Moroccan national center UMT, Union Marocaine du Travail, on 20 and 21 March 2015 in Casablanca, IndustriALL Global Union intensifies its active work in the country with its seven current, and a series of potential, affiliates.
As the 60-day postponement period following a Cabinet Decree to ban the metal industry strike ends, the fundamental right to strike is still far from reality in Turkey.
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